Friendship City Campaign – Pohang, South Korea – Auckland, New Zealand

Mayor Phil Goff of Auckland: Tell Friendship City, Pohang, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Pohang Mayor Kang-Deok Lee

Pohang Mayor Kang-Deok Lee

If you want to help fight the grisly South Korean dog and cat meat trade and make a difference in South Korea, here are a few quick actions you can take that could save millions of dogs and cats each year.

Pohang became Friendship city with Auckland in 2008.
In Pohang, there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty.


A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Pohang’s dog meat demand.

Shown below are two search results on Naver (the most popular search engine in Korea) – the first one was for so-called “Health Food Shops” which commonly sell dog elixirs and cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and the second one was for “dog meat restaurants”.

The searches resulted in: 225 Health Food Centers; and 73 restaurants in the vicinity of Pohang.

Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, just imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in the vicinity of Pohang in order to supply all of these outlets.

Sister City Campaign - Pohang, South Korea –Long Beach, California

Sister City Campaign - Pohang, South Korea –Long Beach, California

There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored.

Please sign petition, call, write and email the Auckland Mayor TODAY!

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff

  • Click HERE to send an online message.
  • Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):

    Auckland Council
    Private Bag 92300
    Victoria Street West
    Auckland 1142
    New Zealand

    Send a copy of your letter to Pohang Mayor Kang-Deok Lee:
    Mayor Kang-Deok Lee
    Pohang City Hall
    1 Sicheong-ro Nam-gu Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    Postal Code 37683
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    이강덕 포항시장님
    [37683] 경상북도 포항시 남구 시청로 1
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Mayor Phil Goff
    Pohang Mayor Kang-Deok Lee

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Subject: Friendship City – Pohang, South Korea

    Dear Mayor Goff and the City Council members,

    We ask you to please watch the videos of South Korea’s dog meat industry:

    Do you think that Auckland should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Pohang Mayor Kang-Deok Lee to close down all those illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, markets, truckers, and restaurants that serve these animal products. An online petition calling for your support in ending the horrendous South Korean dog and cat meat cruelty is in progress:
    The favor of your reply is requested.
    Thank you,

    [Your Name & City/Country]

  • Call the Mayor’s Office: 09 301 0101

    Suggested phone message

    Hello, I’m calling to speak to someone in the Mayor’s Office to ask for their help on an important issue regarding your Friendship city, Pohang in South Korea.

    If I could explain: dog-meat consumption is currently being practiced in that city, regardless of the fact that it is illegal under South Korean Law – but the laws are not enforced. The dog and cat meat trades involve extreme and widespread animal cruelty, and the animals suffer unimaginable pain and distress. They cannot speak for themselves which is why I am calling on their behalf. And, I believe that your city would wish to be made aware of this issue, as they would not want to be affiliated with a city where illegal and immoral torture is being carried out on any animal, and particularly not on ones that are loyal, trusting creatures, which look up to us humans as their guardians.

    These illegal trades are being allowed to continue by Korean authorities – even though there is growing opposition from pet owners across South Korea, and throughout the world.

    So, I am asking you to please speak with your counterparts in Pohang to urge them to enforce their own laws, not ignore them, and to show compassion to their companion animals, and also respect to their own citizens, by bringing these trades to an end.

    With the Winter Olympics coming up in 2018, this is the time to make change; this is the time to stop the illegal, inhumane and unnecessary cruelty. I know that South Korea has many beautiful, admirable and noble practices and customs worth preserving, but this is not one of them.

    Thank you for your time and understanding.

  • Send a Twitter message!

    Suggested Twitter text

    [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]_goff Plz Urge FriendshipCity Pohang,Korea-Stop torture/eating dogs

  1. rosemary homeister
    rosemary homeisterOctober 23,17

    please end the dog meat trade

  2. Tina Godlove
    Tina GodloveOctober 25,17

    Dog and cats are not meant for human consumption. What’s more disturbing is the abuse and barbaric Way these innocent creatures are killed. No humane with a heart or soul could do this to another creature only a monster could do this. Please STOP the savagery now

    • christina
      christinaOctober 25,17

      Not any other animal is for human consumption.

  3. Sari
    SariOctober 25,17

    Stop this horrible madness.

  4. Choplin Catherine
    Choplin CatherineOctober 25,17

    Please STOP this murdering!!

  5. adriana
    adrianaOctober 25,17


  6. rose brooks
    rose brooksOctober 25,17

    You will, I hope, have read the facts about this primitive, inhuman trade going on unchecked, even though there are laws against it, in your sister city in south korea. I hope that you are as shocked and disgusted as most thinking people and that you will put your influence against this horrendous cruelty. Thank you.

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